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Society of Early Americanists Conferences
The SEA hosts annual conferences. In odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference. In even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. The SEA also sponsors panels at our affiliated societies: the American Literature Association & the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Society of Early Americanists Special Topics Conference, “London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” London, July 17-19, 2014
The SEA Special Topics Conference, “London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” July 17-19, 2014, will take place at Kingston University, London. Program Co-Chairs, Kristina Bross (Purdue University) and Laura Stevens (University of Tulsa). For more information, please visit the conference website: here.
The deadline for paper submissions was 1 October 2013 and has now passed. Please send any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 20-22, 2014
The Society of Early Americanists will sponsor the following two panels:
I. “Historical Reenactment, Living History, and Public History: Theorizing Generative Intersections between Tourists, Communities and Scholars” (Sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists)
Chair: Joy A. J. HOWARD, Saint Joseph's University
- Michael Twitty, "No More Whistling Walk For Me," Historian and Food Interpreter of African and African American foodways
- Sara Harwood, "Escaping the 'Tourist Trap': Recent endeavors of the Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts," Georgia State University
- Russell Taylor Stoermer, "Researching History for Living History Programs," Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and The College of William and Mary
- Tyler Putnam, "Historic trades skills, Historical Scholarship, and Living History Interpretation," University of Delaware
- Susan Kern, "Students as Tourists, Critics, and Neighbors: Teaching Public History at William and Mary," National Institute of American History and Democracy, The College of William and Mary
- Janet S. Zehr, "Embodied and Disembodied Voices: Modes of Interpretation of Black and White Experience at Old Salem, North Carolina," Salem College
- Wayne Randolph, "Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Bridging Academia to ‘The Masses,' " Historic Farmer, Colonial Williamsburg
II. “Colloquy on Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer and Other Essays ed. Dennis Moore”
Panelists: Eve Bannet (University of Oklahoma), co-chair Ralph Bauer (University of Maryland), co-chair Richard Frohock (Oklahoma State University), Jennifer Greeson (University of Virginia), Chris Iannini (Rutgers University), Mary Kelley (University of Michigan), Dennis Moore (Florida State University), and Gordon Sayre (University of Oregon).
A few notes:
- Please contact the current SEA-ASECS liaisons Professor Dennis Moore email@example.com and Professor Joy Howard Joy.Howard@SJU.edu with any questions about the panels and the ASECS conference.
- For additional information about the ASECS conference, please see the ASECS website: http://asecs.press.jhu.edu/. Thank you.
American Literature Association’s 25th annual conference, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on May 22-25, 2014
The SEA will be sponsoring three sessions at the next American Literature Association meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on May 22-25, 2014. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Texas A & M University at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
If you would like to have a proposal considered for any of the following SEA sponsored sessions please send it by January 10, 2014 to Duncan Faherty email@example.com. Thank you.
1) Crises of Federal Absence: 2014 marks the 200 anniversary of the torching of the White House by British troops during the War of 1812, an event largely seen as the first and last time that a foreign army has occupied the U.S. capital. Yet, as culturally traumatic as the event was in the early 19thc, it was far from the only instantiation of the closure or disruption of federal authority. From the 1793 Yellow fever epidemic (which caused almost all civil and federal authorities to flee Philadelphia) to the recent sequestration, the United States has a long history of dealing with and reacting to moments of crisis without the aid of federal authority. This panel seeks papers that explore and react to such moments of non-governmental authority in the early Republic. Possible topics include but are not limited to the Whiskey rebellion, frontier life, yellow fever, or Dolly Madison, the War of 1812.
2) New Directions in Regionalism: What is the current status of regionalism in early American studies, and how do we now define those regions? What impact have transnational, postcolonial, and circum-Atlantic paradigms had on literary studies operating within a narrowly delimited geographical range? How in particular should we consider the relationship between North American and Caribbean literary studies within the early American era? Paper proposals are welcome that address the construction of region – and crossings between regional boundaries – before the early nineteenth century.
3) Online in the Old Classroom: Presentations are sought on approaches to using recently developed or revised online sources on early American studies within traditional-formal lectures and seminars. Papers detailing specific pedagogical uses of web sites are particularly welcome. Questions to be addressed may include the following: How exactly can a given online source enhance a more traditionally designed course in early American literature? What are the hazards of using online sources, and what are its greatest benefits? What are the best strategies for moving an online source beyond the status of background material, and how can a teacher use web sites to facilitate active learning? What kinds of assignments make the most productive use of online sources?
TWO REMINDERS for participants in these SEA Sessions:
- Each presenter at the ALA needs to register for the conference, which you can do by going to the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference website: http://alaconf.org/annual-conference/
- The SEA does ask each person on an SEA Sponsored Session to be a current member of our organization. If your paper is accepted and you are not yet an SEA member, we welcome you; please go to the SEA Membership page, here.
Note from the ALA website: “The American Literature Association’s 25th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on May 22-25, 2014 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2014. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Texas A & M University at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions."
Image Credit: 17th century map of London, By Wencesclas Hollar, others, Atlas van der Hagen, after 1688.[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons